Council terminates contracts

Aberdeenshire Council has announced that it has formally terminated its contracts in respect of housing improvements with Muirfield(Contracts) Ltd after the company went in to administration.

They also making alternative arrangements in respect of its other contracts with the company.

Muirfield were in the process of carrying out upgrades to Aberdeenshire Council homes when Administrators were appointed and work was immediately halted.

The council has written to affected tenants to explain that all planned work at their homes has been legally stopped in the meantime and reassuring tenants that the council is working with the Administrators and other contractors to ensure that any ongoing works are completed promptly. Any urgent health and safety work will be undertaken by the council’s Housing Repair team.

Muirfield were also awarded contracts for the affordable housing developments at Barrasgate in Fraserburgh, and Martin Brae in Inverurie. Aberdeenshire Council took over security at both sites from the Administrators last Friday.

Aberdeenshire Council will now enter into negotiations with other contractors on its Framework Agreements to complete the projects.

Aberdeenshire Council’s Head of Property Allan Whyte said: “While the contracts between the council and Muirfield (Contracts) Ltd were live the council was legally unable to undertake works ourselves or find alternative contractors.

Any tenants who require further information on improvement works to their homes that were to be undertaken by Muirfield (Contracts) Ltd should contact the council’s Property Service Desk on 0845 602 1175.